Housing Affordability Crisis



There is hardly any affordable or secure housing available for people in our area to rent or buy. Many people have had to move out of the area, away from their friends, support networks, jobs, schools and community. Uprooting people is a symptom of a crisis not a cure for one.

We have seen unprecedented housing stress in the Northern rivers, brought about by: the rapid growth of an unregulated short-term holiday letting industry, increases of up to 30% in property values, almost no supply of rental properties for residents and urban buyers flocking to the area during Covid-19.

At any one time there are 2000-3000 houses in the Ballina electorate that have been booked through short-term holiday letting agencies. That’s an average of 6000 adults and 6000-10,000 children who reside in our community who could live in those homes if those properties were available as permanent rentals.

We must support people’s right to access secure, safe and affordable housing. Housing insecurity affects everybody in our community; the homeless, people in public and community housing, private renters, first home buyers, single parents, women, children and everyday working people.

To the NSW Premier and the State Government,

The housing crisis in the Northern Rivers is in desperate need of targeted solutions. To ensure people in our community have access to safe and secure housing options. We are asking you to:

  • Support Byron Shire Council to Regulate short-term holiday letting in Byron 
  • End no-grounds evictions in NSW, and
  • Amend the affordable housing SEPP to provide 30 year leases

Please sign the petition calling on the NSW State Government to take meaningful action to end the housing crisis in our region.

Who's signing

Caroline le Couteur
Catherine Henniker
Katy Pickering
Margaret Foley
Christine Bennett
Heather Martin
Suzanne Honan
Kylie Cochrane
Jasmin Burke-Smith
Kate Yanz
Lesley Killingbeck
Hedy Bryant
Hazel Davidson
Grant Binns
Julia Watt
Mary Lack
Margaret Pickup
Margaret Hilder
Bronwyn Sindel
Jennifer Winfield
Mary Fox
David Kolb
Margaret Wills
Monica Woollett
David Brown
Linsay Dowse
Merrian Malouf
Joanne Rapa
James Hackett

Will you sign?

Showing 571 reactions

  • Caroline le Couteur
    signed 2021-03-26 14:21:43 +1100
    I used to live in the northern rivers and still visit so i am well aware of the major problem of lack of affordable housing.
  • Catherine Henniker
    signed 2021-03-26 14:20:24 +1100
  • Katy Pickering
    signed 2021-03-26 14:11:05 +1100
  • Margaret Foley
    signed 2021-03-26 14:09:00 +1100
  • Christine Bennett
    @c_bennett95 tweeted link to this page. 2021-03-26 14:05:43 +1100
  • Christine Bennett
    signed 2021-03-26 14:05:19 +1100
    Just like food insecurity, homelessness has impacts that resonate throughout Australia. We are a first-world nation, yet our politicians have no solutions… TIME FOR A CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT!
  • Heather Martin
    signed 2021-03-26 14:03:21 +1100

    I DO strongly support planning limits on holiday letting (which would prevent these “no grounds” notices being used to change use of privately owned rental stock from local housing to holiday let).

    I even more strongly support a return to proper funding of government owned social housing that is truly affordable for local workers and others (rents charged at 30% of actual household income). The move to privately developed “affordable housing” is a failed experiment that has only benefited greedy developers with sophisticated advice as to how to access the tax incentives without actually addressing local housing needs.

    I do NOT support and end to “no grounds” evictions. As a land-lord who lets to local families and tries to keep rent fair and accessible I know from personal experience that a “no grounds” 3 month notice is the most cost effective way to get rid of a non-paying or problem tenant. Private land-lords have our own financial needs and pressures (and can experience real stress if tenants can’t or won’t pay). We do not have an obligation to provide social housing for people who can’t pay – only to pay appropriate tax on our income which should then be used for that purpose.
  • Suzanne Honan
    signed 2021-03-26 14:02:57 +1100
  • Kylie Cochrane
    signed 2021-03-26 13:49:56 +1100
  • Jasmin Burke-Smith
    signed 2021-03-26 13:47:16 +1100
  • Kate Yanz
    signed 2021-03-26 13:29:52 +1100
  • Lesley Killingbeck
    signed 2021-03-26 13:27:36 +1100
  • Hedy Bryant
    signed 2021-03-26 13:14:21 +1100
  • Hazel Davidson
    signed 2021-03-26 13:10:58 +1100
  • Grant Binns
    signed 2021-03-26 13:06:27 +1100
    Secure housing is a human right for individuals and a responsibility for government.
  • Julia Watt
    signed 2021-03-26 12:59:56 +1100
    Homelessness should be the number 1 priority. Council and Government should build suitable accomodation for the homeless. At the very least sites like the old Byron hospital could be developed to provide private, lockable rooms with basins and shared bathrooms, so homeless people have a safe place to sleep and secure their possessions.
  • Mary Lack
    signed 2021-03-26 12:45:28 +1100
  • Margaret Pickup
    signed 2021-03-26 12:41:36 +1100
    Housing availability and affordability in the State Electorate of Ballina is at crisis point and needs to be addressed urgently.
  • Margaret Hilder
    signed 2021-03-26 12:41:18 +1100
  • Bronwyn Sindel
    signed 2021-03-26 12:40:37 +1100
  • Jennifer Winfield
    signed 2021-03-26 12:29:54 +1100
    This is a huge problem as is domestic abuse shelters fir women.
  • Mary Fox
    signed 2021-03-26 12:29:51 +1100
  • David Kolb
    signed 2021-03-26 12:24:52 +1100
  • Margaret Wills
    signed 2021-03-26 12:21:41 +1100
  • Monica Woollett
    signed 2021-03-26 12:21:26 +1100
    About time to shift LEFT.
  • David Brown
    signed 2021-03-26 12:18:47 +1100
  • Linsay Dowse
    signed 2021-03-26 12:15:17 +1100
  • Merrian Malouf
    signed 2021-03-26 12:14:25 +1100
  • Joanne Rapa
    signed 2021-03-26 12:13:27 +1100
  • James Hackett
    signed 2021-03-26 12:13:18 +1100